Today the announcement is official. One of the best little boutiques downtown Burlington has ever seen is preparing to close their doors. I've spoken of them many times, and I am so sad this will likely be the last...
Ohh!! Beautiful Things on Brant Street is closing. This dreamy store has been a favourite of mine since they first opened years ago across from Joelle's. I vividly remember the first time I walked inside and was dazzled by an eclectic mix of carefully curated items, from seatbelt bags to girlish raincoats to sparkling jewelry and home decor. They moved a little south on Brant and across the street a few years ago, and only got better with time.
I can't walk through a single room in my home without seeing something
from Ohh!! The twinkling chandelier in my daughter's bedroom (which my
husband finally installed the morning she was born while I was in my bedroom down the hall in labour)...the
Bellabagu "LOVE" necklace my husband gave me for our 5th wedding
anniversary (yes, I picked it out but still)...the many unique dresses
and feminine tops that hang in my closet and always get compliments whenever I wear them.
Despite the extremely good prices of everything she sold, and the easy access to her door from the ample street parking all around Brant Street, it's not easy being a retail entrepreneur. There is so much competition, and in today's economy, people often look for the best bargain online before they head to the store. But when we choose to save just a little bit of money, we often forget what we will lose. I would always rather spend a few dollars for a truly unique product, sold to me by people who know my name, and genuinely appreciate my business. Wouldn't you? For every one trip I begrudgingly make to the mall, I bet I make 30 trips to downtown Burlington. We all need to take responsibility for how much we support our downtown businesses. Without our conscious decision to support them, we'll end up with too many empty storefronts before we know it.
So this week, please take some time to visit Ohh!! Beautiful Things and send off Ondrea and her staff with a smile and gratitude. They're only around for a few more weeks, and you'll get deals beyond your wildest dreams. You'll find treasures for yourself, and gifts for every child and woman you know.